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National Policy Process Logistics for Professional Development Participants

Traveling to Washington, DC

Flying to Washington, DC:

Please note: participants are responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements.

Please arrive on Saturday, January 25 (or before).  Seminar activities begin promptly at 8:00 am on Sunday, January 26 and end on Friday afternoon, January 31.

Note: There is the possibility of an optional White House tour on Saturday, February 1 and/or Saturday, February 8. This will not be confirmed until approximately two weeks before the anticipated tour date. In the event that we are not approved for a White House tour, an alternative cultural experience will be offered. The tour will conclude in time for you to catch a mid-afternoon flight back to Portland.

Airport Information:

You can fly into Reagan National or Dulles airports.

  • From National, share a taxi (~ $18) or take Metro (Blue line getting off at Farragut West).
  • From Dulles share a taxi. The Hotel does not have its own shuttle.
  • You can also fly into Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport. You would then need to take a train from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. The Amtrak station is about a 1 mile bus ride from BWI and it is about a 30 minute train ride. Amtrak deposits passengers at Union Station, which has a METRO stop in it. Occasionally flights are cheaper into this airport, even considering the train ticket.

Hotel Accommodations

Please note: participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel reservations.

We have reserved a block of rooms at The Quincy while we are Washington, DC. It is important that we all lodge at the same location due to the very full schedule we keep while in Washington.

The hotel's contact information is:

The Quincy 
1823 L Street
Washington, DC 20036
(202)-223-4320 phone (Refer to the Center for Public Service at Portland State University)
(202) 239-4977 fax

Rate: $179 per night + 14.5% DC room tax

Room Type: Double Studio (2 double beds)

Reservation Deadline (Trip 1): December 20, 2013

Please plan to arrive on Saturday; if you would like to arrive earlier, you should be able to get the same room rate. The program will start promptly with a bus tour beginning at 8:00 am on Sunday morning, so it is important that you arrive the day before. It is important that the group stay at the same location. In order to receive the reduced rate, please refer to group name "Center for Public Service at Portland State University" when making your reservations. 

Participants are responsible for making their own reservations.  If reservations are not made before the deadline, room availability and the special rate will no longer be guaranteed. If you have problems or concerns, please call Christine Hanolsy at Portland State: 503-725-5114.

Local Transportation

In D.C. we mostly walk and use the METRO. We may end up taking a taxi on occasion. If the weather is bad, you might elect to take more taxis. You can purchase a METRO pass on arrival at a METRO station. There is no need to rent a car, and it will be a hassle to find parking if you do. You can also purchase a variety of Washington METRO rail line passes on-line at the following address: Please note that there is a difference between the passes for the bus and the subway. You can also choose between a fare card that has a set value, or a pass which will allow unlimited travel during certain times or for a week. Be careful to note whether you are buying a pass or card for the bus or train, you will be using the train on this course!

We walk everywhere. Make sure your shoes are comfortable.

The dress for our meetings in Washington will be business attire. Men should wear suits or sports jackets and ties. Everyone should bring a warm coat, hat, gloves and umbrella! Weather can range from warm and sunny to freezing and snowing.


The program requires three dinner sessions with speakers on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. These are part of the program and we assume you will be there. The cost of the mandatory dinner sessions is included in the registration fee. Please note that PSU is not allowed to cover alcoholic beverages, but you may order and pay for drinks individually.

Other meals are on your own. The hotel may provide breakfast coupons for a neighboring cafe. Breakfasts generally cost $2.50 - $7, lunch costs about $4 - $12, and dinner around $10 - $100!! (We know the cheap eats). We recommend that you buy breakfast foods and store them in your room refrigerator; a Trader Joe's is located fairly close to the hotel.  Arts and entertainment are on your own. There are low cost things to do, but also extraordinary theater and music.